Taking the cognizance of the Delhi Metro fare hike, the national capital ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief, Mangu Singh, to put on hold the October fare hike plans till the government assessed as to how the hikes on fare were being decided. The directive was issued on Thursday, with the Delhi government terming the Metro fare hike as ‘anti-people’.
Earlier, the Metro fares were revised in May. From October 10, the fares were to go up by Rs 10.
However, the DMRC restrained them from commenting on the matter. Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Metro Corporation is less likely to halt the fare hike as the decision of the fare fixation committee (FFC) is binding on them.
On the other hand, in the statements released, AAP also indicated that is it ready to weigh all its options for alternate recourse.
Condemning the second phase (to be implemented in October) of the first part of the fare revision executed in May, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal took to his Twitter handle, and called it ‘anti-people’.
मेट्रो किराया बढ़ोतरी जनविरोधी। ट्रान्स्पोर्ट मंत्री कैलाश गहलोत को आदेश दिए हैं कि एक हफ़्ते में किराया बढ़ोतरी को रोकने के उपाय निकालें
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 28, 2017
He further directed transport minister Kailash Gahlot to find a solution within a week.
Quickly responding to CM’s directive, Gahlot said that he would be meeting the DMRC chief at 2:30PM to discuss the problem.
As directed by @ArvindKejriwal have called DMRC Chief at 2:30 pm today at Secretariat with all relevant records of uncalled Fare hike.
— Kailash Gahlot (@kgahlot) September 28, 2017
Commenting on the matter, transport minister also said that it was being done keeping in mind the interests of the people. We opposed the hike in May and Satyendar Jain also sent letters to DMRC, he added.
He termed the fare hike as ‘illogical’, and said that this move will force people to shift to cars. He also said that the Govt were against the hike in May and also wrote letters to DMRC, but were given a deaf ear and the fares were hiked.